There's been a lot of debate recently about the demise of old-fashioned strike partnerships and although it's true that the lone striker role is creeping into npower League 1, I really don't believe the days of playing two up front are numbered.

A lot of the top Premier League clubs seem to prefer starting with just one out-and-out striker these days but for me to play that system successfully it's all about personnel. If you don't have the right player for the job, the system is fundamentally flawed.

The lone striker has to be quick, astute, strong and intelligent and the truth is there aren't that many players out there who fit the bill. They've got to chase everything, hold the ball up for four or five seconds to allow the support to get to them and they've got to score goals. It's an incredibly tough job.

Not every Premier League team has a player who can do all that and the same applies to the majority of clubs in npower League 1, which is why strike partnerships are here to stay. It's not about tactical nous or the lack of it, it's about playing to your strengths.

I think I probably played up front on my own six or seven times during my career and it's a completely different game when you're isolated like that. The workload is incredible and it can be lonely because you don't have the luxury of a mate playing just off you, working the defenders and making runs. I enjoyed the few times I was on my own because it was a novelty but I wouldn't have scored half the goals I did if it had been a regular thing.

I was lucky to play with some great strikers. At Manchester United, there was the likes of Jimmy Greenhoff, Joe Jordan and Stuart Pearson but my favourite partner was definitely Frankie Bunn at Oldham Athletic. I had a great rapport on and off the pitch with Frankie and he took so much pressure off me, allowing me to do my bits and bobs around him.

I've always said that Frankie didn't get the recognition he deserved. People talk about his physical presence but he had a great touch and was a joy to play with.

I read this week that Greg Abbott is doing a live forum with Carlisle fans on BBC Radio Cumbria on Friday. I did plenty of those kind of question and answer sessions as a manager but never live on radio, so I'd like to wish Greg good luck because I'd have thought it would be quite feisty.

It's an important part of the manager's job to front up to the supporters and it's good to see these fans forums are still happening. A club that takes its supporters for granted is asking for trouble and in my experience, the fans appreciate the opportunity to ask their questions.

I'm sure Greg would have rather faced the fans on the back of a victory over Bournemouth in the FA Cup at the weekend rather than a 3-1 defeat but I know him well from our time working together at Leeds United and he can handle himself. It's been an up and down season so far for Carlisle but there's plenty of time for the team to work their way back up the table.

Scunthorpe United parted company with assistant manager Chris Brass on Tuesday. The club said the move was to help reduce costs but reading between the lines, I'd think Brian Laws is looking for a change of direction.

Chris was part of the old Alan Knill regime and in football you're always a bit out on a limb when a new manager comes in with new ideas and his own people. I wish Chris all the best and I hope he's not out of the game for long.

The latest twist in the Portsmouth saga could see the club in the High Court as they wrangle with Balram Chainrai about the sale of Fratton Park to the Pompey Supporters' Trust. The fans' takeover depends on buying the ground but Chainrai, who is owed £17million, has refused to take an offer of £2.75million.

I can understand that Chainrai wanting to get his money back but he has also spoken in the past of having Portsmouth's best interests at heart and he's now got the opportunity to show it. The administrators are still talking about liquidation if a deal cannot be done, so the situation couldn't be more serious.

It's surely got to be time to reach a compromise before it goes to court. The Supporters' Trust are so close to their takeover and if they can get over this stumbling block, they can start planning for the future. I don't think anyone would expect Chainrai to walk away empty handed but you can only hope he'll be open to a realistic offer.